The Question Box – 5

What does “Discalced” mean?
Discalced simply means “unshod.” “Calceus” is the Latin for “shoe” and “dis” means “without.” When St. Teresa began her reformed branch of the Carmelites, she wanted a life of greater poverty and so instead of wearing shoes, which were very expensive at that time, and still are, she decided that her Nuns and Friars would wear sandals, the footgear of poor people.

Do you ever wonder what it is like to be a Carmelite Nun? To live in a cloister? To spend your days seeking the Face of God?

If you have any questions about Carmelite life, you are welcome to post them here. We will do our best to give an answer and we look forward to hearing from you!


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2 Replies to “The Question Box – 5”

  1. Good morning!

    How does one get involved in the lay ministries/volunteering and what does that include doing?

    Thank you kindly for feedback.

    Blessings and prayers,

    Laureen W.

    1. Dear Laureen, I apologize for taking so long to reply, but I was hoping that someone else would give you an answer! Contemplative nuns are not the most experienced people when it comes to lay ministries. Of course, if you live near our monastery and would like to come and help out, we would be most glad! Otherwise, the best suggestion that I can make is to contact your local parish, or check out your diocesan website. We will certainly keep you in our prayers that you may find the path Our Lord has laid out for you.

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